I have had this all my life and have done quite a few things for it like patching and had surgery before when I was young so I cant really remember. Recently it has been really bothering me I feel embarrassed especially around new people you can tell they are thinking "oh whats wrong with him". It also makes me unattractive and I hate not being able to look people in the eye. Anyway I have done some reading on the internet and I would like to try some more treatment as it is really bothering me but I wanted to know whether anything can be done. So any advice? Also has anyone had surgery and it been sucessful in the long term or is it a short term cure?
I had surgery to correct it. It's substantially better, but it has a tendency to turn inward (it used to point out) when I'm tired or hungry or dehydrated. And even at its best it's still far from perfect, because if I;m talking to someone across a room, they often can't tell who I'm talking to.
I hate it. There are posts in this section advising people with our problem to just own it and be blunt with people -- acknowledge the problem and look straight at them.
I can't do it. My life is about dodging eye contact, because when I try and look at someone directly, I have to accept the fact that they don't know where I'm looking but it's not at them.
Hey i've had strabismus my whole life. Im 20 years old. It really sucks because people dont understand how disappointing life can be sometimes. i been getting used to it but it's still hard. I avoid eye contact as well, especially when looking to my right side ( left eye stays in the middle and right eye stays on the right side) but worst of all is that even when im looking up straight i still see double when i relax my eyes. I think im prtety much sensitive even looking a few millmeters to my right side. I feel your pain man, people often think you are a loner, that you dont have a life, its embarrassing, girls dont pay much attention to you many times because you're not social. i just had surgery yesterday and honestly i feel the same. I still have one option left and that is eye therapy! although i dont know if i have much money left to consider treatment.
Hi its been 2 weeks since my strabismus operation using adjustable sutures on my left eye. I am 29 years old and I've had intermittent exotropia (outward turn) since childhood (2nd grade). This was my first operation to correct my strabismus. After the operation my eye was closed. After about 1 week post-op I was reevaluated and the attending UCLA doctors were smiling as I left the room. I took this to mean things had gone well. Indeed, both functionally and cosmetically the correction was a complete success
DAY 1: adjusted the sutures using a topical (I had no pain) he slightly overcorrected my left eye I left the office slightly crossed.
DAY 2: my eye opened seeing slightly double eye muscles feel stiff.
DAY 4: drove to work on the freeway (no lane changes) constantly swiveling my head to compensate for having little eye movement.
DAY 5: Reading with no glasses. muscles feeling looser. feels like I have two eyes no x2 vision at distance fixation.
DAY 6: Looked through both eye pieces of a microscope simultaneously for the first time.
DAY 8: drove for 4.5 hours without x2 vision (could've gone another 2).
Day 12: Today my vision is so good now. The 6-0 vicryl sutures are almost completely dissolved. I'm aligned and my eye muscles feel pliable and my vision feels snappy. no headaches/vertigo/no more closing one eye/attention span is 100% better. I'm cured ready to work. Dr. Isenberg will continue to monitor the eye x1 / year to ensure that I remain cured.
PREOP: I had intermittent exotropia which is (1:20)
POSTOP: I have an exophoria (1:4)
Before talking to an optometrist find an eye surgeon first and get the surgery if they recommend it. Prisms and vision therapy are a waste of time/money. Thing about strabismus is that it can only be corrected by a surgeon.
Strabismus is curable. Sadly there are a lot of misconceptions about visual imbalances, even amongst doctors... livingwithdiplopia.blogspot.com contains loads of good references on visual revalidation.